Polzeath is known for its sandy beach and is popular with holiday-makers and surfers. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer and dolphins may sometimes be spotted in the bay. Situated on the north side of the Camel estuary, at low tide the beach offers rock pools for the children to play in and plenty of space for adults to sun bathe.
The main street through the village runs along the seafront and has a parade of shops catering to holidaymakers and residents. There are also pubs, cafes, restaurants and several camping sites in the immediate area.
The road rises up steep hills at both ends of the seafront; towards the neighbouring village of Trebetherick to the southwest and towards New Polzeath to the northeast.
Polzeath was a favourite haunt of the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman and is celebrated in some of his verse. He is buried in the nearby St Enodoc Church.
Trebetherick straddles the Polzeath to Wadebridge road and extends west to Daymer Bay and northwest to Trebetherick Point, a rocky headland in the estuary. Daymer Bay with a sandy beach provides safe bathing for holidaying families and is also popular with windsurfers. Brea Hill situated at the south end of Daymer Bay provides an energetic walk for all.
Behind Daymer Bay's sand dunes and south of Trebetherick is the St Enodoc Golf Club. St Enodoc Church, with its bent steeple, was excavated in 1863 after being completely buried by drifting sand.
Greenaway is the name given to the unspoilt cliff area between Daymer Bay and Polzeath and incorporates a section of the coastal footpath as well as its own little coves.
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